Presented by Catherine Perreault
Catherine Perreault is currently the Reference Archivist for the State Archives, working under the Head of Reference, to provide researchers with access to all of their collections, including the genealogical ones. Prior to joining the Archives, she was a genealogical researcher at the New England Historic Genealogical Society. She can provide tips on how to get the most out of what the Archives has for all genealogical questions.
Archives description: The Massachusetts Archives is the state archive of Massachusetts. It "serves the Commonwealth and its citizens by preserving and making accessible the records documenting government action and by assisting government agencies in managing their permanent records." The archives occupies quarters on the Columbia Point peninsula in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood on the University of Massachusetts Boston campus.
In addition to "the official records created by Massachusetts state government," the archives "counts among its treasures the state’s own copies of the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights, the 1780 Massachusetts Constitution, the 1629 charter [of Massachusetts Bay], and Revolutionary and Civil War records. It also has numerous documents signed by the likes of George Washington, John Adams, and John Hancock, as well as treaties made with Native American tribes, and slave and witchcraft records. There are also many artifacts, including Paul Revere’s engraving plate of the Boston Massacre, and military accouterment from the Civil War to World War I."
Virtual Meeting Opens: 9:30 AM
Business Meeting and socializing: 9:45 AM
Presentation: 10:00 AM